Why Private Equity is Essential for Impact Investing

In the realm of impact investing, where generating positive social and environmental outcomes is just as important as achieving financial returns, private equity stands out as a powerful tool. While public markets often receive the lion's share of attention, private equity offers unique advantages for those seeking to create substantial, sustainable impact. Here’s why investing in private equity is essential for those committed to making a difference.

Long-Term Horizon

Private equity investments usually come with a longer investment horizon compared to public market investments. This long-term focus allows for more substantial impact initiatives, which often take time to develop and bear fruit. For instance, initiatives like transitioning to renewable energy sources, implementing sustainable supply chain practices, or developing community programs are complex and time-consuming. Private equity’s long-term approach aligns well with these extensive, impactful projects.

Flexibility and Innovation

Private equity investments provide the flexibility to innovate and implement creative solutions to social and environmental challenges. Private companies are not bound by the same regulatory constraints and quarterly reporting requirements as public companies, allowing them to experiment with new business models and impact strategies. This environment fosters innovation and can lead to the development of groundbreaking solutions that address critical issues such as climate change, poverty, and healthcare access.


Private equity has the potential to scale impactful businesses rapidly. By injecting capital and providing strategic support, private equity investors can help companies expand their operations, enter new markets, and enhance their impact. This scalability is crucial for addressing global challenges that require solutions at a large scale. For example, a small, innovative company developing clean energy technology can grow significantly with the backing of private equity, extending its positive impact worldwide.

Impact Measurement and Accountability

Private equity funds are increasingly adopting robust impact measurement and management (IMM) practices. These practices ensure that the social and environmental outcomes of investments are tracked, measured, and reported transparently. This accountability is essential for ensuring that investments are genuinely contributing to positive change.


Investing in private equity offers a unique and powerful opportunity for those seeking to create substantial social and environmental impact. For impact investors committed to making a difference, private equity is not just an option—it’s a necessity. By channelling capital into private equity, investors can help build a more sustainable, equitable, and prosperous future.

Important Disclosures

Investments in private placements, and private equity investments via feeder funds in particular, are speculative in nature and involve a high degree of risk. The value of an investment may go down as well as up, and investors may not get back their money originally invested. Investors who cannot afford to lose their entire investment should not invest. The investment may be denominated in a currency other than an investor’s base currency therefore, changes in the rate of exchange may have an adverse effect on value, price or income.  Past performance is not indicative of future performance. There can be no assurance that any current or future investments will achieve results comparable to historic results or that any investment objectives or return targets will be met. Please refer to the respective fund documentation for details about potential risks, charges, and expenses. Prospective investors should carefully analyse the risk warnings and disclosures for the respective fund or investment vehicle set out therein. For private equity investments via feeder funds, investors will typically receive illiquid and/or restricted membership interests that may be subject to holding period requirements and/or liquidity concerns. Investments in private equity are highly illiquid and those investors who cannot hold an investment for the long term (at least 10 years) should not invest.

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